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Key Stage 3

Our curriculum is broad and balanced with a genuine focus on making learning enjoyable, rewarding and challenging. Lessons are well taught by experienced staff using modern facilities.

The heart of the Main School curriculum is the study of a core of four subjects – English, Mathematics Science and a Modern Language (French from Year 7, German is added as a second language in Year 8) – with additionally Art, Drama, DT, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Religious Studies and Games.

Latin and Greek are available as an additional lunchtime or early evening class from Year 7.

Setting is introduced from Year 8 onward in certain subjects.

A programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education runs through Junior School to Year 11.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

All pupils take ‘core’ subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Sciences and one Modern Foreign Language.

You then opt to take three other subjects, which have four periods each per week on the timetable, from a list of options.

However if you opt to take three separate sciences you will only be able to take two other option subjects as one of the sciences will be taught in an option ‘block’. This is because the extra material required for the separate sciences needs more lesson time.

If pupils study French or German individually then they will receive five lessons per week. If a pupil opts to take both French and German then they will have five lessons of German (the core subject) and four lessons of French (the option subject).

The examinations for all GCSE subjects take place at the end of Year 11.

Click here to view the GCSE Options booklet

Twilight Subjects

For those pupils who have already started Latin and/or Greek there are twilight classes (4.10pm onwards) on one evening per week.

GCSE Music and GCSE Drama may be available in twilight time, depending on demand but the preference is for these subjects to be studied in the main option blocks.

Lessons vary between 1 hour and 2 hours depending on numbers and the subject.

For most people a ‘twilight’ subject will be an extra one taken for enjoyment of that subject. For others it might be that it replaces a timetabled GCSE subject and pupils would have 4 study periods during a normal week where they would work in the library. For example a pupil may opt for Art and Geography in the ‘normal’ timetable and take Latin as their third option subject.

All such choices will be discussed individually with you and your parents.

If you would like to know more about the GCSE courses on offer then please contact Admissions on 01842 752840.